Monday, September 19, 2016

Which Light???

I've been wanting to replace our entry light for about two years now and since it is on the old Monthly Goals list I better hurry up and get it done... See what I did there??? I put it on the list so I would HAVE to get a new light...

But I cannot make up my mind! Which one do I pick????

PLEASE PLEASE leave a comment and let me know your 1st and 2nd picks! I'm going to buy one of these on Friday!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hunter is FOUR!!!

I cannot believe that my little guy is FOUR today! time has just flown by!

It seems like we were bringing him home from the hospital just a few months ago!

I was lucky enough to be home this morning to get the little man up, Surprise him with yummy Birthday pancakes, and take him to school. I was suppose to already be away on another work trip but the start time was delayed by a few hours so I was able to see this little guy on his birthday!!!!

Before bed last night, I was a hot mess with tears in my eyes while tucking him in. My emotional and observant son immediately noticed that I was a little sad and he asked what was wrong... and I told him that Mommy was just thinking that this was the last time that I would be putting him to sleep as a three year old and that he would never be three again... BIG MISTAKE! He started crying hysterically saying that he wanted to stay his age and that he wasn't going to go to sleep. After about twenty more minutes and three more books he was finally calm and ready for bed... he probably milked that a little but I was happy to sit criss-cross apple sauce on the floor in their room with my two little guys snuggled on my lap. It was also a reminder that my belly is growing and that soon we probably will not be able to sit like that... #allthemomtears ... Who cares about bed times in those moments! 

Some Birthday Monsters came by for a visit last night and decorated his door. Also, Elmo, Olaf, and a few other friends were on hand this morning for a birthday surprise... The balloons that they brought along were a HUGE hit!

So happy that I was able to celebrate this morning and I cannot wait for Hunter's Monster Party on Saturday! 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

September 2016 Goals

We are about a week into September but wanted to share my goals for the month.

Kiddos already went back to school so that one is taken care of!!! CHECK!
Here are photos from their first day of school!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Baby Park at 21 Weeks & a Name!

Cannot believe that we are already halfway through this pregnancy!

We hit that 21 week mark last Saturday and I am shocked! This pregnancy is just flying by thanks to keeping busy with the other three kiddos that we already have AND all of the work trips.

This week we had an ultrasound appointment and an appointment with my AMAZING doctor, James Kacedan! It was so great to see our little man, to hear his heartbeat, and to know that all is tracking perfectly. My doctor says that I'm his easiest patient and that I can have as many babies as I want... no thanks! I'm thinking this might be it...

Excited to also say that we have a name for the little guy and just to warn you please love it or hate it...

Lincoln Thomas Park

Yes... Lincoln Park... but NOT like the band... and yes, I know that there is a band...

How did we come up with the name??? Honestly... Etsy! I was on a work trip and signed onto the website to find a gift for a friend who is having a little guy and saw the below photo and thought.. WOW I love that name!

The middle name, Thomas, is after Matt's father.
We are very excited to welcome little Lincoln in January of next year... just stick in that belly for, at LEAST, 17 more weeks!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Bacon, Apple, and Onion Grilled Cheese

Wanted to share some details on the epic grilled cheese that I just made!

I was going to go with a plain old grilled cheese but when I had some extra time on my hands (Kids and Matt wanted to pick some blackberries) I decided to fancy things up a bit!

  • Bread
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Jarlsberg Cheese (my fav.) 
  • Sweet Onion, Sliced 
  • Green Apple, Sliced (ours were fresh picked from the tree)
  • Thick Cut Bacon 
  • Butter, Softened


Cut the bacon in half and fry in a pan.

Drain all but 1 Tablespoon of the bacon fat from the pan and add the onion. Cook on med-high heat for 5 minutes, add apple slices, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Butter one side of a piece of bread and add to pan (med-high heat). Layer cheddar, bacon, onions and apples.

Add Jarlsberg cheese and top with another piece of bread, buttered on the outside. Flip and cook until browned to your preference.

SOOO yummy!!!

I'd say that this is the perfect lunch!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Park Party of SIX... at week 17!

It has been FOREVER since I have done a blog post and we have had some big changes in the Park household!

Yup, family of six and at this point I'm already 17 Weeks... just a little shy of the half way mark! I cannot believe how fast time has been flying. Probably due to the fact that we have a busy household with three kids already and I've continued to keep busy at work... no let up in the travel department.

Here are a few things about this forth pregnancy:
  • I HATE GUSHERS and other fruit snacks. When I bite into a pack all I can taste are the chemicals and after eating them I have an aftertaste that lasts for hours. This is a crazy development for me because I typically can down an entire box in under 10 minutes... no, that is not an exaggeration and not something that I'm proud of.
  • I always forget how the first trimester really kicks you in the butt! My energy has only increased in the last two weeks. For that first trimester I was going to sleep the second I got the boys down to bed at 7:30... I mean Emma was tucking ME into bed! 
  • I don't have any food aversions but food in general has been making me feel sick until about the last week or so... Cooking dinner was like torture. I was only making things that could be made in about 15 minutes max. 
  • The bump popped out SUPER early (I mean this is number 4) so everyone at work was able to tell before the end of the first trimester. A number of people were betting on twins... nope just one! 
  • Sad to say I have been horrible about documenting things this pregnancy.... no weekly photos and blog posts. 
  • We learned super early on, from a blood test, that we are going to welcome another little man into the family. Apparently that is all the Park men are capable of producing :-) I'm happy about it though! 
  • I think that we are settled on a name... but going to wait to share until we do so with Matt's parents, in person, at the end of the month. 
  • The boys are SUPER excited and ask if the baby can come out now, on a daily basis. In fact Gibson and Hunter called me out at about week 8... Gibson came up to me, touched my belly, and said, "mommy you belly is big." Hunter heard that exchange and looked at me with the biggest smile and exclaimed, "Mommy do you have a BABY in there?"... Well yes I do! Cannot get anything past these boys. 
  • Emma is happy that she is going to remain the only girl for now. Princess of the house!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Favorite Things Frday: La Paperie Love

It has been a LONG time since I've managed to sit down and do a blog post... but I have today off from work so I decided to dive back in and share one of my favorite places for Favorite Things Friday!

Every time I visit Savannah Georgia I am guaranteed to make one stop... into my favorite stationary shop La Paperie!

Last visit the below items caught my eye and I smile every time I look at these paper products!

A new Russell+hazel mini binder 

Rifle Paper Co. Greeting Cards and note pad. Sugar Paper gift Tags 

Love them all. If you are ever in Savannah I highly recommend stopping by this shop!